Thistle Creek lies along the road west from Restov on the southern border of Rostland. It’s at this point that the road splits. Perhaps that’s a strong term. The road bending ever south on its westward course from Restov turns northerly at Thistle Creek to run across the Rostland Plains and into New Stetven. The “fork” is a trail with little used wheel ruts to either side that leaves town to the west. Somewhere beyond you assume it disappears into the Greenbelt. The Greenbelt being neither Brevoy nor the River Kingdom’s domain is part of a larger tract referred to as the Stolenlands. Stolen from who and by whom is a matter of perspective in common opinion but many hold that Rostland bears fair claim to it dating back before Choral the Conqueror forced the uniting of Issia the northern neighbor of Rostland and Rostland itself. Reflecting upon the roads terminus with Lord Noleski Surtova, a house in Issia that surrendered to Choral, claiming the Dragonscale Throne of Brevoy and Suzerain of New Steten, on one end and the Aldori Swordloards of Restov at the other its easy for you to place credence in rumors of upstart nations in the Stolenlands financed by Brevoy. It makes sense that The Swordlords would need allies and resources to bolster their position lest their titles and lands be seized as easily as House Surtova disappeared!
[Anyone wanting additional historic or geographic information on Brevoy (Issia or Rostland separately) , the River Kingdoms and the Stolenlands can make a Knowledge (history, local, geography or nobility) check. Specify which skill and where. I’ll need your backstory first to determine DCs. We can use http://dice.evildm.net/ for rolls]
It’s these thoughts that occupy your time as you ride into town / or go about your business in town.